Bachelor Course Unit
Level: 1 st year core
Credit points: 6 (out of 144)
Prerequisites: COUN1101 Counselling Skills and Practice 1 AND COUN1103 Mental Health
Mode of Study: On Campus and Blended Delivery
This unit traces important historical developments and contemporary applications of group work. Students will learn the function of key elements of group structure, process and dynamics as well as adult learning principles, communication skills and group work techniques for systematic group facilitation.
Students will demonstrate skills in group observation and analysis and plan intervention strategies for a group work setting through the conduct of a group activity and evaluation of the experience.
Students will evaluate ethical and legal dimensions of group work; and will use case studies to analyse group dynamics, probable causes of dysfunction, stages of a group’s development, group member functions, power dynamics and leader interventions and their outcomes.
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
- explain the rationale for group work and trace important historical developments including contemporary applications of group work
- demonstrate understanding of the function of key elements of group structure, process and dynamics and compare a diverse range of groups according to the roles and functions of the leader and group participants within these groups
- implement appropriate adult learning principles, communication skills and group work techniques for facilitating a group
- demonstrate skills in group observation and analysis and plan intervention strategies for a group work setting
- develop a systematic approach to group work planning
- evaluate the effectiveness and ethical and legal dimensions of group work
- The History and Development of Group Work
- Group Planning and Structure
- Group Development and Dynamics
- Group Process
- Group Leadership and Ethical Practice
- Assessing Group Effectiveness
- Managing Issues in the Group
- Techniques for Conducting Groups
- Diversity in Groups
- Groups and Technology
- Counselling and Therapy Groups
- Group Work with Children and Adolescents
Learning and teaching process
The on-campus version of this unit comprises 12 weekly three hour on-campus lectures. Studying by Blended Delivery mode involves an online study guide and readings, video recorded lectures, four one and three-quarter hour synchronous online tutorials, and a two-day on-campus workshop.
Please refer to the document available here.
For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the Counselling Textbook List.
The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.
Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.
It is the recommendation of Psychological Sciences and Counselling that students follow the recommended enrolment guide for the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences and Counselling, and complete COUN1101 Counselling Skills and Practice 1 and COUN1102 Counselling Theories and Models 2 within their first two terms of enrolment in the program. Please see our recommended sequencing of unit completion here.
Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.